This year’s theme for the Rainier Valley Heritage Parade is “heritage”, and the Mount Baker Community Club’s parade float will be celebrating our hippie heritage of the 60’s and 70’s. Keeping with that theme, MBCC is hosting a t-shirt tie-dye party at Mount Baker Park next Saturday, August 2, and they will also have supplies on hand to make signs and decorations for the parade float. The 2nd also happens to be Seafair Saturday, so before you head down to Lake Washington for hydroplanes and the Blue Angels show, stop by the park (Lake Park Drive South & South McClellan Street) between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. for a fun art-filled morning with your neighbors.
Once you’ve dyed the perfect groovy t-shirt, make sure you have August 16 and 17 marked on your calendar for the 2014 Rainier Valley Culture Fest Weekend, consisting of the Heritage Parade and Summer Streets party in Columbia City. MBCC will be marching in the parade along with their 1960’s VW van, and anyone who wants to participate is welcome. The parade begins at noon on the 16th and afterward Rainier Avenue South will be closed between South Alaska and South Brandon streets for the Summer Streets Festival, featuring food, games, live music, and much more. The festival continues on Sunday at Othello Park.
But don’t put that tie-dye away just yet! You’ll have one more chance to put it to good use at MBCC’s “Summer of Love”-themed Day in the Park Festival on Sunday, September 14, which kicks off the Clubhouse’s 100th anniversary year of celebrations. It will be a fun day at Mount Baker Park with live music, food trucks, an all-neighborhood tug-of-war, an obstacle course, and much, much more. You’ll have a well broken-in t-shirt after all these great summer community events!